April 25th, 2008
|02:00 pm - Books! Books! Books!|
What should i read next? I'm between books. Yes, i know i should be working, but if i read nothing but scientific papers all the time my brain will collapse.
I finished reading The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield a few weeks ago (it was fun, by the way) and I've been in book limbo ever since. It's not a good place to be. My supply of back issues of The New Yorker is dwindling...
Help! I'm looking for something light enough to be restful but substantive enough to hold my interest and well written enough not to annoy me completely. Suggestions?
Current Location: lab office
Current Mood: hopeful
The Broom of the System by David Foster Wallace. Quoth the Library Journal:
"The year is 1990, and the place Cleveland. Lenore Beadsman works as a telephone operator for Frequent and Vigorous Publishers. Her roommate's name is Candy Mandible, their parrot is Vlad the Impaler, there is a Judith Prietht, and businesses have names like Hunt and Peck. Lenore's great-grandmother and several cronies disappear from their nursing home, and the search for them leads across the Great Ohio Desert (G.O.D.)."
This book is strange and fun, and not as long or obtuse or footnote-laden as DFW's other books.
This sounds perfect. I really like books with some whimsical weirdness...
I'm reading Century Rain by Alastair Reynolds at the recommendation of Boysquid. It has alternate history (Paris in 1960 if WWII hadn't happened) and spaceships. How could you go wrong?
The Kushiel books by J. Carey if you haven't read them already. Oh, and anything by Charles De Lint set in Newford.
Funny, i was just saying that i'd re-read the Kushiel books if i couldn't find anything else. But there are so many books out there, i've decided i should spend less time re-reading. Besides, i'm not really looking for pure fantasy right now, for some reason.
The alternate history sounds cool -- i need to go to the bookstore now!
The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet - about the building of a medieval cathedral in the fictional town of Kingsbridge, England. It's about 1,000 pages but reads like it is 300.
This sounds really cool... though maybe something to save for after grad school? :-)
|Date:||April 25th, 2008 07:41 pm (UTC)|| |
Fingersmith by Sarah Waters. Ideally either preced or followed by The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins.
Perez-Revert's Alatriste series is full of swashbuckling fun.
|Date:||April 26th, 2008 01:47 am (UTC)|| |
Also, Outside the Dog Museum by Jonathan Carroll. It manages to be both profound and light-hearted at the same time.
Fingersmith is wonderfully absorbing. So is her other book, Tipping the Velvet (historical and sexy, all in one!)
I actually like Tipping the Velvet a lot more than Fingersmith, but both are excellent.
Lesbian historical fiction mystery melodramas!
With the caveat that I have no idea of your taste in books, I've been enjoying the Brother Cadfael books by Ellis Peters. Medieval Welsh monk who solves crimes = awesome. :)
|Date:||April 26th, 2008 03:10 am (UTC)|| |
See, I read your blog!
If you haven't yet read _To Say Nothing of the Dog_ by Connie Willis You should. It's a wonderful light romp. Time Travel and Romance and Victorian England. Probably my favorite light comedic read. Actually, the book it's title is taken from _Three Men In a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog)_ by Jerome K Jerome is also hilarious.
While we're dealing with period pieces, I constantly return to the Aubry/Maturin series by Patrick O'Brien. Read _Post Captain_ the second book in the series, and far superior to the first.
Finally, if you like reading mysteries, James Lee Burke writes some really good ones.
I am reading Acacia by David Anthony Durham
It is an alternate reality epic fantasy dealing with issues of freedom and oppression.
The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory.
I actually stayed up to read it when I should have been sleeping, I enjoyed it that much...